Design is like a Game…

Comparing industries is something that we all do. Finding the perfect analogy to explain what you do on a day to day basis can sometimes be challenging. But for our designers they all were able to compare what they do daily to the following three games: Puzzle Tetris Chess It’s no coincidence how all of their answers seem to coincide with one another.  Each of the above games individually has strategies that tend to be unique to the individual person while they’re engaged in it. Often times, these activities are something that you either have a knack for or not so much. I find it is very rare that someone says these games are “just ok” – they either love them or hate them. Puzzle A puzzle by definition is a game, toy, or problem designed to test cleverness or knowledge. This can definitely apply to many aspects of designing for someone else, especially for […]

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Welcome to the Neighborhood Bernhardt!

Bernhardt Design and Bernhardt Textiles recently moved into a 20,000-square-foot space at 136 Madison Avenue and our team was invited over to our new neighbor’s showroom for breakfast and a tour. To say our team was impressed is an understatement. Established in 1889, Bernhardt Design is among the country’s largest family-owned furniture companies. Their new home on Madison Avenue is just as stunning as their furniture. The crisp white walls and minimalist design only enhanced the beauty of their furniture even more. Our team was able to explore the space as we wished and mingled with the Bernhardt employees. Each area was more beautiful than then next. Senior Sales Coordinator, Tammy, commented that they have an “Amazing showroom, beautiful space and great people to assist with all questions.” Aside from their beautiful new home and wonderful employees, our team couldn’t stop complimenting their new pieces. Our Team & Design Lead, Sonia, said “Composites case good […]

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Ergonomics in the Workplace

Earlier this week, I discussed the first part of my training at the Haworth Headquarters: wellness. The second part of the training, which goes hand in hand with wellness, was all about ergonomics. Ergonomics is another commonly used buzzword when talking about workplace design but many times people don’t understand what it means beyond the way you sit. It is defined as the study of your workplace in relation to the type or work you do and the tools you use, while keeping your capabilities in mind. For example, a 5’2” woman would not have the same type of desk as a 6’1” man. They have different body types meaning the way they sit and operate at a desk is completely different, which can make it difficult designing spaces for a larger company with many people. But keep in mind that better design leads to a more productive worker; poor design leads to a frustrated, […]

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Wellness in the Workplace

Last week, at their headquarters in Holland, Michigan, Haworth hosted dealers from all over the country for a two day Wellness and Ergonomics Training. I was fortunate enough to attend and dive deeper into the meaning of both Wellness and Ergonomics, both of which are growing trends in the workplace. This first post will focus on Wellness. Wellness is a huge trend that is growing in the workplace and is becoming more and more prominent in everyday conversations about workplace design. For many people it’s all about balance; balance of career, financial, physical, community and social. When discussing wellness there are a few buzz words that come to mind: wellness, well-being, and WELL. Wellness is referring to the physical state of a worker, well-being refers to the physical and physiological state of a worker, and WELL is the standard itself. When thinking about improving wellness in the workplace there are two areas to look at: the […]

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Designing Offices For Introvert + Extrovert Needs

Here at Workwell, we love the consultative process with many of our clients looking to improve their office space for their teams. It’s an opportunity for our designers and account executives to provide advice on what would work best for each individual client’s needs. Something that we’ve heard more and more from clients, as well as many industry experts, is the need to design these spaces with both introverts and extroverts in mind. For myself, I like to say that I’m in introvert trapped in an extrovert’s body. I love social interaction, networking, and meeting new people, but while I am working during the day, it’s a little bit of a different story. If you frequent Workwell’s office, you may find me seated at my desk with my headphones in, listening to music while I plug away at my desk. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I sit on a bench configuration within our space […]

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